Los Angeles continues atop the Goal.com MLS Rankings after a draw in Kansas City extended its unbeaten run to five matches.
1. Los Angeles – Looks like Donovan Ricketts is still in form despite his relative inactivity over the first four games. (1)
2. Columbus – Last Saturday's win over Real Salt Lake represents a psychological boost for a Crew side still trying to find its feet after two early byes. (2)
3. New York – Maybe a trip to D.C. means this is the week the Red Bulls will stop scaring Hans Backe. (4)
4. Kansas City – The Wizards probably couldn't have picked a better time to plan a visit to Houston, even if they felt they could have had all three points against the Galaxy on Saturday night. (3)
5. Colorado – Clubs across the league will find it difficult to compete with the Rapids if Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni can consistently impose their will on matches as effectively as they did against New England on Saturday night. (6)
6. Seattle – The schedulemakers and the referees didn't do Sounders FC any favors during the Dallas-Toronto road swing, but those concerns must fade away ahead of a particularly important home date with Columbus on Saturday night. (5)
7. Chicago – Two wins on the trot and a couple of solid performances from Andrew Dykstra have settled the nerves of the Fire faithful. (11)
8. Houston – Geoff Cameron is a big, big loss for the Dynamo. Time to go shopping for another central midfielder, Mr. Kinnear. (7)
9. Real Salt Lake – If RSL can't find a way to get six points from its next two home games against Toronto FC and Philadelphia, the positive performances from the difficult start to the campaign won't matter much. (8)
10. New England – With Shalrie Joseph now out for an indefinite period of time, Steve Nicol faces the unenviable task of finding a way to muddle through without his best player and discerning an alternative method to retain some semblance of possession. (9)
11. Toronto FC – Will the drama ever stop at TFC? Another week of scandal will offer unnecessary distractions ahead of an already formidable trip to Real Salt Lake. (14)
12. Chivas USA – The Red-and-White submitted an impressive performance against San Jose on Saturday night, but can Martin Vasquez's men take their show on the road? (15)
13. San Jose – The Earthquakes will have to recover from a foreseeable letdown at the Home Depot Center – always a bogey venue – to take points off the surging Rapids on Saturday night. (12)
14. FC Dallas – Opportunity knocks for FCD at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, particularly if David Ferreira and Dax McCarty enjoy as much space as Mehdi Ballouchy, Larentowicz and Mastroeni did on Saturday night. (10)
15. Philadelphia – The growing pains continue, but there are positive signs for the Union despite the disappointing results. (13)
16. D.C. United – At least United didn't lose last weekend, right? (16)
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